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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 21, 2010 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

That's great news jess!! Glad to hear he's doing well.

And nice shiner on lil Jess - tell her she gets mad cool points for tangling with a doorknob.

If I may pry, it sounds like your Dad was in for a catheterization or some similar cardiac procedure?

If I may not pry, just tell me to shut up and no need to read further.

I'm no stranger to cardiac issues - 7 years ago I was diagnosed with lone paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (about 30 years sooner than expected). So far so good, I have never had to go in for cardioversion or a catheterization. The science is very well developed and while it is certainly scary at first, the medical community has a pretty good handle on how to deal with it.

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Poster: jessandra Date: Jan 21, 2010 10:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Yes Mandojammer, it was a similar procedure but somewhat different to what they attempted before.

He has had severe Atrial fibrillation for over 15 years and it has been getting much worse over the years. It also seems to be triggered by certain foods and seasonings not to mention alcohol in his case. It used to happen about once a month for several hours and now it is almost weekly and can last well over a day.

They attempted a catheterization about 5 years ago and it didn't work and my Dad was rather hestitant about trying this supposedly new method. (I'm still not quite sure what's different about this but if you are interested I can certainly find out.)

If the procedure was successful my Dad can likely stop taking his beta blockers - meaning he won't be freezing all the time and can probably enjoy spicy foods and occasionally drink a beer, wine or whiskey again. (... and visit his daughter and grandkids without probs ;-)

Glad you have things under control. My father's heart probs began when he was around 55 (prostate was done then too) and that was when he began to take better care of himself and get himself fit. He is now 73, very active and in great shape apart from that damn atrial fib.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 22, 2010 9:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Ah, those are damn cute pics, esp the one with the cucumber (good method!). Oh, and you do know this MJ fellow is a former Submariner, right? Not sure this is important at the Forum, but those I have known personally generally bear some scrutiny now and again. A 90 day cruise stuck in a tube wizzing around the North Atlantic talking boomers and cutting the cable, gold crews and blue crews--it can't be healthy, can it?



[jk of course! he's a fine member of the Forum]

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 22, 2010 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Jess -

No need to check on the specifics, the biggest improvement the community has made over the past couple of years is now they are doing a fairly advanced 3D electrical mapping of the heart and they can better pinpoint the offending sodium channel(s) that are causing the afib and can zap it.

I've been lucky that mine is medicinally controlled, but I hate beta blockers. I was on a very high dose that shut me down and I was cold all the time. I also went from a good fighting weight of 205 to 258 pounds in about 6 months. Whenever we went to the beach I got sick and tired of the well meaning GreenPeacers trying to push me back in the ocean and pouring water on my back.

I quit taking the meds, went into pretty severe afib, spent a week in the Cardiac ICU while they shifted me from an arhythmic to a pro-rhythmic meds course and beta blocker dose. My Doc explained it like this (after the "Don't ever do that again you idiot!!" lecture) Heavy duty arhythmic beta blockers chemically establish your heart rate, pro-rhythmics keep you in the ryhthm you are in and can be a much smaller dose. Since switching meds, I have taken all but the last 15 pounds off.

Sounds like your Dad is doing well on the meds course he is on from an afib control standpoint, but he doesn't like the side affects. You might suggest he asks his Doc about a new meds course. It worked for me, but we're all wired a little bit differently.

Best to ya.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jan 22, 2010 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Wow. Glad to hear everyone's dandy.

This post was modified by spacedface on 2010-01-23 01:22:05

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Poster: jessandra Date: Jan 22, 2010 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Laughing my butt off about the Greenpeace comment :-) !! Save the whales LOL ;-)

The Doc told my father he wouldn't need the beta-blockers at all if this works.

However, I just spoke with Dad and he has no idea if the procedure was successful or not. He didn't see or hear from any doctors before he was released and was only told to visit his urologist because they accidentally punctured something while putting the catheter in and he has some minor bleeding near the bladder.

They didn't say anything about the heart except he was to return for a check-up in 4 weeks.

I guess we'll have to wait and see!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jan 22, 2010 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dad's doing fine + more hospital adventures

Glad your dad is doing fine